May 30, 2009

CHERRY HILL, N.J.--At Cooper River Park on Saturday, Williams continued its dominance in the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships and won its record fourth consecutive team title at the national championships. The Ephs won the Division III Eights and placed a second boat fifth in the Grand Final to finish with 24 points atop the team standings.

Williams and second-place team finisher Bates had a thrilling race down the stretch in the Grand Final, with the Ephs registering a winning time of 6:28.04 that was 2.73 seconds ahead of the Bobcats. Although Williams was in first place at each of the 500-meter splits, Bates had the lead down the stretch before the Ephs made a final push across the finish line.

The members of the championship boat for Williams were Katherine Robinson, Sarah Ginsberg, Samantha Smith, Marguerite Conan, Dorothy MacAusland, Kate Shaper, Emma Pelegri-O'Day, Julia Halterman and coxswain Allison Prevatt. The Ephs are coached by Justin Moore and assistants Brad Hemmerly and John Tunnicliffe.

Bates finished with 19 points and was second overall, earning six points for a third place finish in the Petite final and 13 points for a second place finish in the Grand Final. The first varsity Eight boat included Haley Sive, Nicole Ritchie, Josie Cutts, Rebecca Waldo, Emma White, Laura Hubbell, Caitlin Murphy, Ellen Patterson and coxswain Nora Collins. The Bobcats are coached by Peter Steenstra and assistant Amy Wiesenfeld.

Rounding out the top therein the team standings was Trinity, with 17 points. The Bantams placed fourth in the Petite Final and third in the Grand Final in a boat led by Natalie Jones, Jamie Callahan, Ashley Swiggett, Amory Minot, Mina Aiken, Deede Dixon, Eleanor Wierzbowski, Eveline Case and coxswain Stephanie Apstein. Trinity is coached by Wesley Ng and assistant Pamela Besteman.

Ithaca was fourth overall with 15 points. The top four teams receive trophies and the Bombers finished sixth in the Petite Final and fourth in the Grand Final. The first varsity Eight featured Kerin Murphy, Amy Gefell, Katie O'Driscoll, Taylor Goetzinger, Stephanie Levesque, Lauren LaPointe, Erica Gordon, Alyiah Emas and coxswain Kaitlin Ahl. Ithaca is coached by Becky Robinson and assistants Beth Greene and Emaneul Delgado.

Puget Sound finished in fifth place with 12 team points after a second place finish in the third level final and a sixth place finish in the Grand Final. Smith and St. Lawrence had nine points apiece to tie for sixth place in the standings. Smith was fourth in the third level final and won the Petite Final by 4.63 seconds over St. Lawrence.

Willamette and Washington (Md.) qualified for the national championships as at-large selections. Willamette placed fifth in the Petite Final, while Washington won the Third Level Final by 5.29 seconds over Puget Sound.

This was the eighth year of the Division III Rowing championships and the fifth team title for Williams.

Final Team Standings

Williams 24
Bates 19
Trinity (Conn.) 17
Ithaca 15
Puget Sound 12
Smith 9
St. Lawrence 9